Opinion: From our Readers - Demise of local press is not councils' fault ..

To lay the blame for the demise of local journalism solely on council publications is unbelievable (News, 3 April). I am amazed the Newspaper Society as a proponent of this argument could begin to think it has credibility.

Where has it been over the past decade? The proliferation of news websites, the upsurge of the blog, the haemorrhaging of classified advertising to online marketplaces, the migration of property advertising to estate agents' own newspapers; all have put regional newspapers under pressure. Casualties have been the long-suffering non-revenue-earners - local journalists.

Good councils keep their residents informed about their activities. Good local newspapers hold them to account. Both use websites freely. Both should be free to use the printed medium.

To demand a ban on council publications is against press freedom. This is rich coming from an organisation that has been in the vanguard of campaigning for press freedom, and now finds it acceptable to compromise in the interests of self-preservation.

Richard Wells, director of marketing and fundraising, Toybox.

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